What makes a cruise a world cruise? World cruises sail three months or more, visiting multiple continents and immersing you in an array of scenery, historic sites, and modern wonders. World cruises focus on onshore and cultural experiences, and often sail on smaller, luxury ships. The crew makes things easy, taking you from port to port and filling days at sea with learning opportunities and fun activities.
Most world cruises set sail in January, with some exceptions. Some literally sail around the globe, making a full circumnavigation. Others don’t, but still visit dozens of ports, including some it’s not possible to see on any other type of cruise.
Here’s a look at a few world cruises coming up in 2020 and 2021:
A Cunard Line ship completed the first continuous circumnavigation cruise in 1922 and has sailed more world cruises than any other line. The next is roundtrip from New York, departing January 3 on the Queen Mary 2. The ship will visit 26 countries (and more than 38 UNESCO World Heritage sites) over 113 nights.
Crystal Cruises has offered world cruises for more than 20 years, and the next is a 105-day cruise from Miami to Rome, departing January 6 to sail about three-quarters of the globe.
Looking ahead to 2021, Holland America’s Great World Trips series includes a 128-day Grand World Voyage, departing from Fort Lauderdale on January 4. This full circumnavigation cruise on the Amsterdam will explore the Amazon, the Panama Canal, Asia, the Middle East and the Mediterranean.
Regent Seven Seas’ 2021 World Cruise starts in Miami on January 5 and will pass through the Panama Canal to sail the Pacific, the Indian Ocean, the Middle East and the Mediterranean, ending in Barcelona.
For 2021, Silversea plans two world cruises. A 150-day cruise departs January 7 from Fort Lauderdale to sail Central and South America, the South Pacific, Asia, and the Mediterranean before ending in New York. Or, choose Silversea’s first-ever expedition world cruise: departing from Ushuaia on January 30, the Silver Cloud will sail to Antarctica and other adventurous destinations before arriving in Tromso, Norway, on July 16.
If this sounds wonderful but your schedule or budget won’t accommodate a full world cruise, you can choose to sail a segment of one of these exciting cruises. To sort through the options, talk with Anita, your professional travel advisor.
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